Let’s Go Further Together!
“If you want to go fast, travel alone; if you want to go far, travel with others.”
There are several organizations that we think of as partners in encouraging mission information workers to work together. We don’t want to duplicate what they do and we highly recommend that you get involved if they are relevant to you.
CRIAN (Christian Research in Action Network)
You will find a wide range of social-media-type interaction between researchers. The culture is towards the academic, and the desire is to link to action. You have to go through a sign-up process, but there is no fee. Don’t be intimidated by the questions you are asked on sign-up. If you haven’t written any books, just say so! There are also lots of good resources – videos, recordings and papers. It is run by the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
ICCM (International Conference on Computing and Mission)
This is a must for those with an interest in technology and exploiting the latest technology for mission. There are now ICCM conferences in Americas, Africa, Australia and Europe. Most are in English language, but there has been at least one Francophone conference held in Africa. There are also email groups that you can join in to keep in touch between conferences. Get your technical answers here.
Lausanne International Researchers Network
If you want to meet and interact with other researchers then the Lausanne Researchers Conference is the place for you. Here you will meet academic lecturers and professors, freelance researchers offering their services to churches and denominations, and researchers embedded in mission organizations. It is especially useful if you want to benefit from the fertile interaction between these different realms. It convenes every three years which suits the pace of much academic research.
The 8th International Lausanne Researchers' Conference which had as its theme, "Research that Guides Kingdom Impact" took place April 30 to May 4, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. Papers which were presented can be found here: http://globalcmiw.org/node/64.
WEA Mission Commission (our parent organisation)
Mission Commission events tend to be by invitation only. If you are interested in linking in, contact us.
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We think there are other organisations and websites specific to our discipline that we may want to feature here in future. Some of them will be about information, and not directly about mission. For instance, “Gapminder” is ground breaking in the way it presents global data. And it also makes global public data readily accessible. See http://www.gapminder.org/
Analysis of the need for church planting around the world is available on the Global Church Planting Network website. See http://www.gcpn.info/home/research
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